“(Pierce) asks me, ‘How many of those guys do you think are better than you? How many guys are helping their organization win?’ I said, ‘Not a lot,’ and he told me to keep playing, keep doing my job. He tells me about his situation all the time. Yeah, I keep track, but honestly, some of these guys are my friends,” he said. “I’m always cheering for them. There’s no hate. I’m supporting them.”
Jared Sullinger admits he has a chip on his shoulder, which is understandable considering he was once projected to be a top-five pick, and then he fell to the 21st overall pick in the 2012 Draft. He doesn’t take the attitude of holding it against the guys who were selected in front of him. And why should he?
Sullinger has the right attitude of using it as a motivation and a positive, rather than dwelling on it and allowing it to frustrate him and negatively impact his mindset towards the game of basketball, and even further, allowing it to play a role in his attitude towards his reduced role on the Celtics, after being the number one option at Ohio State.
Sullinger is improving every game, and while he may never be an All-Star caliber player, he’s on his way toward being far better than some of 20 players who were selected in front of him in the draft.